Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge
Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge supported innovations are responding to COVID-19 with solutions to meet the unique challenges of this pandemic in hard to reach conflict affected and fragile settings.
From locally manufacturing personal protective equipment, to countering disinformation campaigns, learn how these innovative solutions are supporting the world’s most vulnerable against COVID-19.
Today, more than 168 million people around the world live in areas experiencing humanitarian crises.
Millions of these people are unreachable by traditional humanitarian aid delivery due to armed conflict. As the length, frequency, and scope of the world’s conflicts increase, it is becoming more difficult to reach affected people in insecure areas with life-saving and life-improving humanitarian assistance. We need new solutions that respond to the needs of vulnerable, inaccessible communities – yet, less than one percent of humanitarian aid is focused on investing in the innovations necessary to reach them.
The U.S. Agency for International Development, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, the Government of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Global Affairs Canada, with support from Grand Challenges Canada, are partnering on Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge.
Through this Grand Challenge, we will identify and support groundbreaking solutions that engage the private sector and draw from the experiences of affected communities in order to significantly improve – and in many cases, save – the lives of vulnerable people affected by conflict. Our goal is to identify solutions that allow communities to respond more nimbly to complex emergencies and take steps to create better lives for themselves.
Our Featured Innovators
Snap Truth to Power
In a time of uncertainty, Sealr restores trust in what we see. Sealr is a mobile app that uses Artificial Intelligence and blockchain technology to verify and secure imagery from conflict-affected areas, protecting against fakes and enhancing remote collaboration. It has the potential to fundamentally change the way we monitor projects in remote areas: decreasing waste and fraud and putting a powerful accountability tool in the hands of beneficiaries, giving them a more active role in evaluating how their needs are met.
What is Happening Now
The third call for proposals is now closed! Thanks to all who applied. Our team has begun reviewing the applications.
Curious about our review process? Check out the News & Blogs section for information on our application review process.
Latest Blog Entries
How to support innovators responding to the Turkey-Syria earthquake
Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge is deeply saddened by the tragic and devastating earthquake that took place on February 6th in Turkey and Syria, which has so far claimed the lives of over 5,000 people and injured thousands. We have supported many innovators working between Gaziantep, Turkey and northwest Syria responding to the ongoing Syrian humanitarian crisis, and now these very responders have found themselves along the epicenter of a disastrous earthquake.
Going beyond grants: How HGC’s support enables innovators to thrive
In this piece we’ll hear how HGC’s partners at the World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator and the innovation consultancy Brink, provide vital technical and community support and explore the unique toolkit of skills, opportunities and connections the innovators are provided with.
8 women working in humanitarian aid you need to know
This International Women’s Day, meet Humanitarian Grand Challenge supported innovators who are working on solutions for those affected by conflict. Epidemiologists, refugees, entrepreneurs, and mental-health advocates – these 8 women are making game-changing contributions to the field of humanitarian innovation as well as using their positions to advocate for greater inclusion of women in humanitarian assistance.